Did you just get a popup from adnetworkperformance.com and wonder where it came from? Did the adnetworkperformance.com ad appear to have been launched from a web site that under normal circumstances don’t use advertising such as pop-up windows? Or did the adnetworkperformance.com pop-up show up while you clicked a link on one of the big search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Here’s how the adnetworkperformance.com pop-up looked like when I got it on my computer:
(Sorry for the watermarks. Need to add them to prevent the most blatant attempts of other bloggers using my screenshots without attribution)
I’m not sure I remember this correctly, but I think I noticed reduxmediia.com in the address bar before adnetworkperformance.com loaded.
Does this sound like what you see your computer, you most likely have some adware installed on your computer that pops up the adnetworkperformance.com ads. So there’s no use contacting the site owner. The ads are not coming from them. I’ll do my best to help you with the adnetworkperformance.com removal in this blog post.
I found the adnetworkperformance.com pop-up on one of the lab machines where I have some adware running. I’ve talked about this in some of the previous blog posts. The adware was installed on purpose, and from time to time I check if something new has appeared, such as pop-up windows, new tabs in the browsers, injected ads on site that usually don’t show advertisements, or if some new files have been saved to the hard-drive.
adnetworkperformance.com was created on 2015-04-27. adnetworkperformance.com resolves to 18.104.22.168. The domain is protected by Domains By Proxy, LLC.
So, how do you remove the adnetworkperformance.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the adnetworkperformance.com ads I had Windows Menager, SmartComp Safe Network, gosearch.me and Live Malware Protection installed. I removed them with FreeFixer and that stopped the adnetworkperformance.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.
If you are wonder if there are many others out there also getting the adnetworkperformance.com ads, the answer is probably yes. Check out the traffic rank from Alexa:
Rank 222 means the adnetworkperformance.com web site is getting a crazy amount of traffic.
The issue with pop-ups such as this one is that it can be initiated by many variants of adware, not just the adware that’s installed on my machine. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.
So, what can be done? To remove the adnetworkperformance.com pop-up ads you need to examine your system for adware or other types of unwanted software and uninstall it. Here’s my suggested removal procedure:
The first thing I would do to remove the adnetworkperformance.com pop-ups is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the “Uninstall programs” dialog. You can reach this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in “uninstall” in the Control Panel’s search field to find that dialog:
Do you see something strange-looking listed there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if some program was installed about the same time as you started seeing the adnetworkperformance.com pop-ups.
Then you can examine you browser add-ons. Adware often appear under the add-ons menu in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Something that you don’t remember installing?
I think you will be able to find and uninstall the adware with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop about 8 years ago. It’s a tool designed to manually find and uninstall unwanted software. When you’ve found the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.
FreeFixer’s removal feature is not locked like many other removal tools out there. It won’t require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.
And if you’re having difficulties figuring out if a file is clean or malware in FreeFixer’s scan result, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up your browser with a page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be very useful:
Here’s a video tutorial on how to remove the pop-ups with FreeFixer:
Did you find any adware on your machine? Did that stop the adnetworkperformance.com ads? Please post the name of the adware you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.